On a cool blustery “Garden State” night the Dynamo woes continued against the New York Red Bulls in the regular season losing 4-0.
What struck me was just how much “deja vu” there was to last year’s regular season.
A few thoughts:
You can’t sugarcoat this…the Dynamo are playing poorly and manager Dominic Kinnear stated they are not “sharp”.
From poor decision making to un-forced errors there was not a-lot to write home about last night .
The Dynamo now have gone 319 minutes without scoring a goal, only 2 goals in their last five games and both came from Ricardo Clark off his head on a corner and free kick.
The Dynamo are now 2-4-1 ahead of Portland at home on Sunday and now the hope lies in the return of Brad Davis, Kofi Sarkodie.
Still have not heard a report about Ricardo Clark injury situation.
NEW YORK PLAYING STYLE
The Dynamo struggled to keep up with the tempo, pace of the Red Bulls on the ball. That coupled with movement and mobility made it a difficult night. By playing it on the ground they nullified the aerial presence of David Horst and won the possession battle handily.
Their movement and mobility with Thierry Henry, Bradley Wright Phillips, Lloyd Sam and Eric Alexander could not be countered.
Henry in particular at 36 just reminded us of what an amazing player he was in his prime.
The work effort of hat trick man Wright-Phillips was exemplary while Sam and Alexander are all comfortable and decisive on the ball. It was just too much.
Despite that the Red Bulls were not impressive WITHOUT THE BALL DEFENSIVELY and much like last year’s semi-finals in the playoffs invited the Dynamo back in the game at the beginning of the second half with inexplicable decision making and choices from individuals.
The two center backs Jamison Olave and Armando both struggled at times and the Dynamo could have scored early but failed to convert.
Andrew Driver had two wonderful chances in the first half while Barnes and Bruin had decent chances but most were presented and gifted by the Red Bulls.
Yes it is a long season and when Giles Barnes says “Judge us at the end of the year” their is truth to that in a playoff based league but something seems deeper here.
Fans are beginning to question the lack of activity in the off-season which is a fair question at this point that is asked in any sport.
Yes Brad Davis did not play but what if he goes to the World Cup?
The depth of this team must shine through and at the end of the year something has to be gleaned from Omar Cummings and Alexander Lopez to help the cause one would imagine.
There is no such thing as a steady eleven in world football let alone MLS.
Yes there is still lots of time to turn things around but the Dynamo clearly have to analyze the current body of work and turn things around.
SOCCER MATTERS Espn 97-5 Tuesday at 7pm